The Amazing Race 15: Calculators Still Come in Handy
- Monday, October 26, 2009
The glass challenge required teams to go to a spice market and choose a crate full of the various parts of Middle Eastern smoking pipes (called hookahs). They had to assemble twelve of them (exactly to scale and matching the models that were already assembled displayed in front of them) before getting the next clue. Each pot looked differently, and there were lots of little bits and colored parts and pieces that went into building each one—so this was no easy task by any stretch.
Once the teams finished assembly and received approval that they had built their hookahs correctly, they were given clues to go to The Atlantis Resort (still in Dubai) where they had to "take a leap of faith" to receive their next clue.
If you watched last week, then you know it's the giant water slide. We're talking a six-story drop at a nearly 90-degree angle. And then sliding through an enclosed tube in the middle of a shark-infested tank before reaching the pool at the bottom. Both members of each team had to participate in this challenge. Upon splash landing, they received the final clue which told them to search the resort grounds for Dolphin Bay Beach where they would find the last pit stop and need to race for the check in-mat with host Phil Keoghan.
In the end, Team Globetrotter did make up their time. But just barely, though, thanks to Team Music City (Mika and Canaan) who pretty much gave sixth place away.
Because of her fear of heights, Mika just couldn't make herself go down the slide. From acting like a child, crying and stomping her feet ("Don't tell me what to do!" "I hate my life right now." "I caaaaan't do it!") to Canaan's ultimate acceptance of her actions and forgiveness of her fear ("There's freedom in forgiveness."), it was an interesting sequence of events and emotions to watch. I have to hand it to Canaan, though, for his semi-patience (alright, he did get a little testy with Mika at the water slide) and then his compassion upon reaching the check-in mat and being eliminated, when he realized it could have very easily been him gripped by fear in a situation like this.
So that leaves the current standings as follows:
1st Place: Meghan and Cheyne (Team All American)
2nd Place: Maria and Tiffany (Team Poker)
3rd Place: Sam and Dan (Team Bro)
4th Place: Brian and Ericka (Team Jungle Fever)
5th Place: Gary and Matt (Team Father & Son)
6th Place: Herbert and Nathaniel (Team Globetrotter)
Next week, we learned from the teaser that "Ericka breaks down and the Globetrotters get down." No mention was made of location, but due to the fact that several of the teams were shown wearing jackets, I'm thinking it's going to be somewhere a little colder than Dubai.
Until then, keep it simply amazing and keep watching The Amazing Race. See you next week!
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The Amazing Race airs on CBS on Sunday nights at 8/7 Central. Plan your schedule accordingly.
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